I am the husband mentioned in the review prior to this one, doing the full-day mosiac course. I couldn't recommend it strongly enough. It's really fun and Laura was very facilitating of some fairly specific ideas we had, as well as pointing out a few things that only improved on what we thought we wanted.
Very friendly and just generally a great thing to do for a day-out treat.
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:Hello Huw,
I did the full day mosaic course with my husband as a birthday present and had a wonderful time! Neither of us had ever tried mosaic before and arrived just with a couple of odd pictures we thought we might try - we left with stunning completed pieces that are a real highlight in our garden, and a good idea of the basics of mosaic art.
Laura is an excellent tutor who gave a perfect balance of help and advice, and time to just work calmly on the projects, and she had some useful resources like books and of course her existing mosaics to help show how to make ideas work. It was a perfect gift and I hope to come back for another course in the future.
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:Thank you, Matilda, you are both very welcome to come back and create more beautiful work. It was a pleasure to tutor you and I enjoyed passing on my mosaic tips and knowledge.
For my wife's birthday I commissioned Laura to make a mosaic portrait of her favourite dog. I was kept up to date on the progress and got to visit Laura's amazing studio in Todmorden. The finished mosaic is superb and my wife treasures it. Very professional service and a much admired, unique art work now hangs in our home. Thank you Laura.
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:Thank you so much for your review. It was a privilege to design and create a mosaic of Diesel the Spaniel. I missed him when he left my studio!
I wanted to have a go at stained glass leading for years. Laura’s studio has everything all the tools and loads of glass colour chooses. Great advice and design help. I was walking on air when we finished. Great building too. Worth the money and 2 days flew by.
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:I'm so glad you think so. You really understood the process and I'm glad you got to see my friend's church stained glass studio next door. The painting stained glass weekend is coming up if you'd like to learn more about this craft/art. Thank you!
I loved this course - I learned so much with different tools and with Laura's guidance was amazed at what I produced in a single day. Will definitely be booking more courses.
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:My pleasure, Maria. Your sense of colour does you proud and do join us again, there's more to learn and experience! Thank you.
Thank you for an excellent day today Laura - so happy with my badger - I love him - I have never made a framed mosaic before so this was a first for me - can’t wait for the next workshop :-) x
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:Hello Sam. . I loved your work and you took such care over it. I'm very happy to share my skills and take you through to the next stage whenever you are ready. I'll not forget that little badger... thank you for your review.
What a fantastic afternoon! This was a gift from a friend.I had a one-on-one afternoon, Laura was amazing extremely talented and
knowledgeable, sharing her talent freely. Fantastic setting if you love old buildings. I found the afternoon inspiring, relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable.
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:I'm so pleased you came to work with me at my studio in The Old Fire Station. Your crafts background did you proud... you were a joy to teach. Well done, Yvonne.
So pleased with my portrait of Freddie bought as a Christmas present for my partner. Laura is a genius! Such a fantastic likeness that has captured not only his likeness but also Freddie's cheeky spirit. Was great to be involved in a lot of the choices and creative input from Laura as this was being made, and to see the picture evolve and develop with regular updates.
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:I loved making this portrait and thank you for the commission. I always aim to keep people in the decision making stages... it helps make important choices. Freddie is a stunner!
I travelled 60 miles to do this day course at the brilliantly quirky venue. It was all worth it. Laura is an inspirational tutor with great ideas, the perfect amount of nuture and excellent knowledge. I really enjoyed it and thanks Laura and fellow mosaic'ers for a great day out.
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:You were a joy to teach, Jo, and you had your idea ready to translate which helps a lot. I was delighted with the choice of tile you used on your owl mosaic. I've had great feedback from all the mosaics made that day and particularly your owl! Thank you very much for your review.
Absolutely amazing time and I recommend Laura’s course to anyone. Never done it before and everything was included. Looking forward to another next year.
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:Thank you so much, Johanna. Even with your sore shoulder you managed to complete the day and finish grouting which was a task, I know. Don't forget to buff the mosaic with a dry soft cloth to see the full effect! Thanks again for your review. More courses coming next year and you are very welcome to come again.
I did this course on Friday, I felt nervous about going because my craft skills are poor, but instantly Laura the teacher made me feel relaxed, by the end of the day I made a perfect little dog mosaic, I loved every minute, Laura is very patient, you must give this a try excellent.
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:Thank you, Karla, you took my instruction on board and got to grips with tools and the choice of mosaic quickly. Pat yourself on the back as you've proved you can do it! Your little dog mosaic is exquisite.
Completed a half day stained glass course with Laura, highly recommended, a great introduction to this craft, am really looking forward to the two day course when we come out of lockdown, thank you for a very enjoyable lesson!
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:Oo thank you Claire! You did really well and I hope you weren't too exhausted as so much was learnt in a short time. I wonder if you could put this review with the stained glass cutting course ... many thanks. Laura.
Thank you for a fantastic evening Laura - the session was fantastic and I'm really pleased with my little foxy friend. I still need more practise with them nippers though so I can't wait to do the full day course with you and learn some more skills and techniques.
Anyone who is looking to have a go at mosaic couldn't have a better teacher than Laura - she is forever patient when asked the same queries over and over again :-).
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:Thank you! I'm always delighted to pass on what I know... especially those trade tips you get with 25 years behind you. Do keep a look out for new courses. Stained leaded glass coming soon. All welcome.
Loved this course and was delighted to be able to produce a mosaic which has become a favourite feature amongst the plants in my garden.
Laura is a patient and talented teacher - I'll be booking more courses with her.
Response from Laura Barnes Crafty Fox Studios:You did really well .. and at your own pace. Thank you for your review and I look forward to working with you again.